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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230208/optogenetic-activation-of-vglut2-expressing-excitatory-neurons-blocks-epileptic-seizure-like-activity-in-the-mouse-entorhinal-cortex
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Latefa Yekhlef, Gian Luca Breschi, Stefano Taverna
We investigated whether an anti-epileptic effect is obtained by selectively activating excitatory neurons expressing ChR2 under the promoter for the synaptic vesicular glutamate transporter 2 (VGLUT2). VGLUT2-expressing cells were optically stimulated while local field potential and whole-cell patch-clamp recordings were performed in mouse entorhinal cortical slices perfused with the proconvulsive compound 4-aminopyridine (4-AP). In control conditions, blue light flashes directly depolarized the majority of putative glutamatergic cells, which in turn synaptically excited GABAergic interneurons...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229354/genetic-differentiation-of-colombian-populations-of-anopheles-darlingi-root-diptera-culicidae
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C Y Rosero, G I Jaramillo, R Gonzalez, H Cardenas
Anopheles darlingi Root is a primary vector of malaria in the neotropic region, a species not just highly anthropophilic but very efficient in transmitting Plasmodium species and considered the most important vector in the Amazon region. The main goal of this study was to determine the genetic structure of the A. darlingi populations using microsatellites (STR) in western and eastern regions of Colombia. DNA extraction was done with the cited protocol of band using the Genomic Prep™ cell and tissue isolation commercial kits...
February 23, 2017: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223219/trpm2-contributes-to-lpc-induced-intracellular-ca-2-influx-and-microglial-activation
#3
Heejin Jeong, Yong Ho Kim, Yunsin Lee, Sung Jun Jung, Seog Bae Oh
Microglia are the resident immune cells which become activated in some pathological conditions in central nervous system (CNS). Lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC), an endogenous inflammatory phospholipid, is implicated in immunomodulatory function of glial cells in the CNS. Although several studies uncovered that LPC induces intracellular Ca(2+) influx and morphologic change in microglia, there is still no direct evidence showing change of phosphorylation of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) p38 (p-p38), a widely used microglia activation marker, by LPC...
February 18, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219983/neural-representation-and-causal-models-in-motor-cortex
#4
Kris S Chaisanguanthum, Helen H Shen, Philip N Sabes
Dorsal premotor (PMd) and primary motor (M1) cortex play a central role in mapping sensation to movement. Many studies of these areas have focused on correlation-based tuning curves relating neural activity to task or movement parameters, but the link between tuning and movement generation is unclear. We recorded motor preparatory activity from populations of neurons in PMd/M1 as macaque monkeys performed a visually guided reaching task and show that tuning curves for sensory inputs (reach target direction) and motor outputs (initial movement direction) are not typically aligned...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219694/lenalidomide-maintenance-in-patients-with-relapsed-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma-who-are-not-eligible-for-autologous-stem-cell-transplantation-an-open-label-single-arm-multicentre-phase-2-trial
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Andrés J M Ferreri, Marianna Sassone, Francesco Zaja, Alessandro Re, Michele Spina, Alice Di Rocco, Alberto Fabbri, Caterina Stelitano, Maurizio Frezzato, Chiara Rusconi, Renato Zambello, Suzana Couto, Yan Ren, Annalisa Arcari, Giovanni Bertoldero, Alessandro Nonis, Lydia Scarfò, Teresa Calimeri, Caterina Cecchetti, Marianna Chiozzotto, Silvia Govi, Maurilio Ponzoni
BACKGROUND: Patients with relapsed diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) not eligible for autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) or having relapse after ASCT have a low likelihood of cure. Single-drug maintenance after salvage therapy might be an attractive strategy to prolong survival in these patients. Lenalidomide is a suitable candidate for long-lasting maintenance as it is an oral drug, active against DLBCL that can be taken for years with an acceptable toxicity profile. We designed a study to investigate safety and efficacy of lenalidomide maintenance in patients with chemosensitive relapse of DLBCL not eligible for ASCT or having relapse after ASCT...
February 16, 2017: Lancet Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217366/crizotinib-inhibits-hyperpolarization-activated-cyclic-nucleotide-gated-channel-4-activity
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Zhushan Zhang, Tai-Qin Huang, Igor Nepliouev, Hengtao Zhang, Adam S Barnett, Paul B Rosenberg, Sai-Hong I Ou, Jonathan A Stiber
BACKGROUND: Sinus bradycardia is frequently observed in patients treated with crizotinib, a receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor used for the treatment of anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-rearranged non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We investigated whether crizotinib could influence heart rate (HR) through direct cardiac effects. METHODS: The direct effect of crizotinib on HR was studied using ECG analysis of Langendorff-perfused mouse hearts. The whole-cell patch clamp technique was used to measure the effects of crizotinib on the hyperpolarization-activated funny current, If, in mouse sinoatrial node cells (SANCs) and hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated channel 4 (HCN4) activity in HEK-293 cells stably expressing human HCN4...
2017: Cardiooncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217084/nad-attenuates-bilirubin-induced-hyperexcitation-in-the-ventral-cochlear-nucleus-by-inhibiting-excitatory-neurotransmission-and-neuronal-excitability
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Min Liang, Xin-Lu Yin, Lu-Yang Wang, Wei-Hai Yin, Ning-Ying Song, Hai-Bo Shi, Chun-Yan Li, Shan-Kai Yin
Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) is an important molecule with extensive biological functions in various cellular processes, including protection against cell injuries. However, little is known regarding the roles of NAD+ in neuronal excitation and excitotoxicity associated with many neurodegenerative disorders and diseases. Using patch-clamp recordings, we studied its potential effects on principal neurons in the ventral cochlear nucleus (VCN), which is particularly vulnerable to bilirubin excitotoxicity...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217015/the-pearl-of-fdg-pet-ct-in-preoperative-assessment-of-patients-with-potentially-operable-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-and-its-clinical-impact
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Boom Ting Kung, Ting Kun Au Yong, Cheuk Man Tong
The aim of this retrospective study is to evaluate the clinical impact and efficacy of fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET/CT) on management decisions for patients suffering from clinically operable non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). A retrospective review of 186 potentially operable NSCLC patients who underwent whole-body PET/CT examination in 2012 was performed. The patients were further analyzed via the electronic patient record (ePR) system for relevant findings...
January 2017: World Journal of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216898/depolarizing-effects-of-daikenchuto-on-interstitial-cells-of-cajal-from-mouse-small-intestine
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Hyungwoo Kim, Hyun Jung Kim, Dongki Yang, Myeong Ho Jung, Byung Joo Kim
BACKGROUND: Daikenchuto (DKT; TJ-100, TU-100), a traditional herbal medicineis used in modern medicine to treat gastrointestinal (GI) functional disorders. Interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs) are the pacemaker cells of the GI tract and play important roles in the regulation of GI motility. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of DKT on the pacemaker potentials (PPs) of cultured ICCs from murine small intestine. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Enzymatic digestions were used to dissociate ICCs from mouse small intestine tissues...
January 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214516/saturation-of-long-term-potentiation-in-the-dorsal-cochlear-nucleus-and-its-pharmacological-reversal-in-an-experimental-model-of-tinnitus
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Thomas Tagoe, Daniel Deeping, Martine Hamann
Animal models have demonstrated that tinnitus is a pathology of dysfunctional excitability in the central auditory system, in particular in the dorsal cochlear nucleus (DCN) of the brainstem. We used a murine model and studied whether acoustic over-exposure leading to hearing loss and tinnitus, affects long-term potentiation (LTP) at DCN multisensory synapses. Whole cell and field potential recordings were used to study the effects on release probability and synaptic plasticity, respectively in brainstem slices...
February 16, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213442/amplitude-normalization-of-dendritic-epsps-at-the-soma-of-binaural-coincidence-detector-neurons-of-the-medial-superior-olive
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Bradley D Winters, Shan-Xue Jin, Kenneth R Ledford, Nace L Golding
The principal neurons of the medial superior olive (MSO) encode cues for horizontal sound localization through comparisons of the relative timing of excitatory postsynaptic potentials (EPSPs). To understand how the timing and amplitude of EPSPs is maintained during propagation in the dendrites, we made dendritic and somatic whole-cell recordings from MSO principal neurons in brain slices from Mongolian gerbils. In somatic recordings, EPSP amplitudes were largely uniform following minimal stimulation of excitatory synapses at visualized locations along the dendrites...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213290/zd0947-a-sulphonylurea-receptor-modulator-detects-functional-sulphonylurea-receptor-subunits-in-murine-vascular-smooth-muscle-atp-sensitive-k-channels
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Tadashi Yamamoto, Kohei Takahara, Keiichiro Uchida, Noriyoshi Teramoto
In order to identify functional sulphonylurea receptor (SUR.x) subunits of native ATP-sensitive K(+) channels (KATP channels) in mouse portal vein, the effects of ZD0947, a SUR.x modulator, were investigated on spontaneous portal vein contractions, macroscopic membrane currents and unitary currents recorded (using patch-clamp techniques) in freshly dispersed mouse portal vein myocytes. Spontaneous contractions in mouse portal vein were reversibly reduced by ZD0947 in a concentration-dependent manner (Ki = 293nM)...
February 14, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213250/novel-electroanalytical-method-based-on-the-electrostriction-phenomenon-and-its-application-to-determination-of-cr-vi-by-the-flow-injection-technique
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Marcin Wieczorek, Jolanta Kochana, Paweł Knihnicki, Karolina Wapiennik, Paweł Kościelniak
The electrostriction phenomenon is observed in membranes of thickness in the nanometer range, e.g. bilayer lipid membranes or self-assembled monolayers. Strong electrical field of 105-106V/cm in intensity appears when applying the potential lower than 1V to these membranes. Electrostatic forces change the dimensions of a dielectric, hence the membrane compression and decrease in thickness are observed. As a result, increase in the membrane capacitance is recorded. The presented work covers development and application of a new analytical method based on the innovative capacitance-to-frequency conversion method and flow technique...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212895/the-influence-of-enteral-obestatin-administration-to-suckling-rats-on-intestinal-contractility
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M Słupecka, P Grzesiak, J Kwiatkowski, M Gajewska, A Kuwahara, I Kato, J Woliński
This study investigated the effect of enteral administration of obestatin on the contractility of whole-thickness preparations of duodenum and middle jejunum, as well as on the morphology of the enteric nervous system (ENS). Suckling rats were assigned to 3 groups (n=12) treated with: C- saline solution; LO- obestatin (125 nmol/kg b.wt); HO-obestatin (250 nmol/kg b.wt). Saline solution or obestatin were administered twice daily, from the 14(th) to the 21(st) day of life. Sections were studied in an organ bath, for isometric recording in the presence of acetylocholine (ACh), atropine (ATR) and tetradotoxin (TTX)...
February 14, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205094/knockdown-of-cardiac-kir3-1-gene-with-sirna-can-improve-bradycardia-in-an-experimental-sinus-bradycardia-rat-model
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Yang Li, Xiaodan Fu, Zhi Zhang, Bo Yu
The objective of this study was to explore whether the inhibition of potassium inwardly rectifying channel (Kir3.1) with short interfering RNA (siRNA) can improve bradycardia in an experimental sinus bradycardia rat model. 54 Sprague Dawley (SD) rats were randomly divided into three groups: experimental group, control group, and sham group. Sinus bradycardia model was established in SD rats through chemical ablation of sinoatrial (SA) node with 20% formaldehyde. Variations of Kir3.1 expression at mRNA and protein level were examined with qPCR and Western blotting...
February 15, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204879/interferon-stimulated-gene-15-expression-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-diagnostic-value-and-association-with-lymphocytopenia
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Y Yuan, H Ma, Z Ye, W Jing, Z Jiang
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to (a) assess the relationship between interferon-stimulated gene 15 (ISG15) expression and clinical manifestations of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and (b) investigate the diagnostic value of ISG15 in SLE. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study comprised 28 patients newly diagnosed with SLE, 10 patients with undifferentiated connective tissue disease, and 22 healthy volunteers. Of the SLE patients, 14 were chosen randomly to be followed up for 4 weeks...
February 15, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203415/changes-in-the-action-potential-and-transient-outward-potassium-current-in-cardiomyocytes-during-acute-cardiac-rejection-in-rats
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Wenqi Luo, Yixin Jia, Shuai Zheng, Yan Li, Jie Han, Xu Meng
BACKGROUND: Acute cardiac rejection contributes to the changes in the electrophysiological properties of grafted hearts. However, the electrophysiological changes of cardiomyocytes during acute cardiac rejection are still unknown. An understanding of the electrophysiological mechanisms of cardiomyocytes could improve the diagnosis and treatment of acute cardiac rejection. So it is important to characterize the changes in the action potential (AP) and the transient outward potassium current (Ito ) in cardiomyocytes during acute cardiac rejection...
January 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202065/alternative-transmission-routes-in-the-malaria-elimination-era-an-overview-of-transfusion-transmitted-malaria-in-the-americas
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Regina M Alho, Kim Vinícius Amaral Machado, Fernando F A Val, Nelson A Fraiji, Marcia A A Alexandre, Gisely C Melo, Judith Recht, André M Siqueira, Wuelton M Monteiro, Marcus V G Lacerda
BACKGROUND: Transfusion-transmitted (TT) malaria is an alternative infection route that has gained little attention from authorities, despite representing a life-threatening condition. There has been no systematic review of this health problem in American countries. The aim of this study was to describe the clinical and epidemiological characteristics of TT malaria in the Americas and identify factors associated with lethality based on the studies published in the literature. METHODS: Potentially relevant papers in all languages were retrieved from MEDLINE and LILACS...
February 15, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198801/inhibitory-effects-of-cholinesterase-inhibitor-donepezil-on-the-kv1-5-potassium-channel
#19
Kai Li, Neng Cheng, Xian-Tao Li
Kv1.5 channels carry ultra-rapid delayed rectifier K(+) currents in excitable cells, including neurons and cardiac myocytes. In the current study, the effects of cholinesterase inhibitor donepezil on cloned Kv1.5 channels expressed in HEK29 cells were explored using whole-cell recording technique. Exposure to donepezil resulted in a rapid and reversible block of Kv1.5 currents, with an IC50 value of 72.5 μM. The mutant R476V significantly reduced the binding affinity of donepezil to Kv1.5 channels, showing the target site in the outer mouth region...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196855/inactivation-of-girk-channels-weakens-the-pre-and-postsynaptic-inhibitory-activity-in-dorsal-raphe-neurons
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Nerea Llamosas, Luisa Ugedo, Maria Torrecilla
The serotonergic tone of the dorsal raphe (DR) is regulated by 5-HT1A receptors, which negatively control serotonergic activity via the activation of G protein-coupled inwardly rectifying K(+) (GIRK) channels. In addition, DR activity is modulated by local GABAergic transmission, which is believed to play a key role in the development of mood-related disorders. Here, we sought to characterize the role of GIRK2 subunit-containing channels on the basal electrophysiological properties of DR neurons and to investigate whether the presynaptic and postsynaptic activities of 5-HT1A, GABAB, and GABAA receptors are affected by Girk2 gene deletion...
February 2017: Physiological Reports
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